Didn’t Know That Was In There

Dave · February 18, 2009 at 6:16 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

But when I heard that Griffey was coming back to Seattle, I smiled.

Welcome back, Junior.


121 Responses to “Didn’t Know That Was In There”

  1. lokiforever on February 18th, 2009 11:24 pm

    For those of you wrestling with the merits of the signing versus sentimental attachment, consider this:

    Last Year, Jose Vidro was worth -1.3 wins for $8.5MM

  2. Kazinski on February 18th, 2009 11:34 pm

    I think I maybe in a position to explain this to you guys.

    I grew up a Giants fan, and McCovey’s home coming at the end of his career, after only being gone 3 years was so right and so sweet for the Giants. He had a somewhat of a revival his first year back in an overachieving young club, and faded after that, but it was where he belonged. Especially after Mays ended his career with the Mets. We knew that was wrong.

  3. jguier on February 18th, 2009 11:51 pm

    I was ready to write a “thanks for rear-ending the fans in Seattle one last time” post–but it seems like our luck really is beginning to change. Hopefully this is at the very least, yet another sign that the future of Seattle baseball is promising (Go Z!). He is not the Jr. of old–but he is the face of the franchise, and it will be nice to see him help restore some pride in the Mariner franchise (especially with some of the younger players). From that standpoint, Jr. will be a nice addition to the team this year.

    Welcome back.

  4. huckleB on February 19th, 2009 12:02 am

    gwangung: Nobody’s ready to DH? LOL! You’re really going to try to argue that?

  5. huckleB on February 19th, 2009 12:03 am

    diderot: If he pulls that stuff and isn’t pushed down, then we’ll know there is no hope for the M’s under current ownership.

  6. huckleB on February 19th, 2009 12:05 am

    The Dreeze: You just showed the problem with Seattle baseball fans and the Mariners in one post.

  7. lucky on February 19th, 2009 12:38 am

    Last season, for the first time since ’77, I did not attend an M’s game. This year I can’t wait to come down from Canada and bring my 3 yr old and 5 yr old to the park so they can say they saw Ichiro, Felix, and the Kid.

  8. DaveValleDrinkNight on February 19th, 2009 1:02 am

    Soooo, when do we cue up the Carmina Burana theme?

  9. TumwaterMike on February 19th, 2009 1:12 am

    Two thoughts: If this is truly his last year and he can stay healthy, why not have him play CF for 1 inning his last game at Safeco (like Dan Wilson at catcher). They crowd would go wild. If its not and he hits say .280, 25 hrs and 80-100 rbi’s, would he be worth bringing back.

  10. BTJP on February 19th, 2009 2:00 am

    Yep… the blogosphere is tsundere for Junior.

    Sounds like promotions time to me!

  11. zzyzx on February 19th, 2009 6:31 am

    The one problem is now Opening Day tickets will sell out.

  12. rsrobinson on February 19th, 2009 6:38 am

    1) He’s going to be taking ABs away from more worthy teammates

    Like who? Bryan LaHair? Is there an abundance of LH power on the team that I’m missing? Clement might lose some ABs as a DH but hopefully he’s ready to be our starting catcher this year.

    The circumstances are right for Junior this year. He’s relatively cheap and the M’s have a lack of LH power and no obvious DH.

  13. monty1077 on February 19th, 2009 7:05 am

    Like the rest of us on here I am happy beyond belief now that Jr. is back were he belongs. I just hope that he doesn’t end up like Mays did for the ’73 Mets.

    After all the sadness during the past 18 months in the Seattle sports scene at least for the next few weeks we can all party like its 1995

  14. jamesllegade on February 19th, 2009 7:13 am

    Buddy of mine at work and I just agreed… if they sign him we blow off work and go to one of the opening home stand games.

    He hasn’t been to a game in 10 years. I used to go to 5 or 6 a year but never more than 2 in these last couple of depressing years.

    I plan on getting a 10 game pack now… and he will probably go to at least 5.

    I think there are probably 10’s of thousands of similar people having that same conversation today.

  15. daddydrizz on February 19th, 2009 7:23 am

    Three quick reasons:
    1) He’s going to be taking ABs away from more worthy teammates

    Like who? Balentien? Clement? Some other uberprospect who is overmatched at the MLB level?

    2) He’s the same ‘team leader’ who bitched to the media, ‘where’s my pitching?’ before ditching us before; you know the pitching staff had to admire him for that

    He was right. He and Nelly begged for pitching. No doubt they took their gripes public when their begging fell on deaf ears.

    3) In a clubhouse which reportedly cares a lot about ‘playing the game right’, teammates will now be witness to the guy who grabbed his crotch to show up Sparky Anderson after hitting a home run (because Anderson had the gall to intentionally walk him in the previous at bat), and after homer #607, gave the ’slit the throat’ gesture up to his own team’s color announcer for having the indecency to point out the obvious–that Griffey and Dunn were bad corner outfielders.

    And this has to do with the clubhouse…How?

    You can’t rain on our parade. It is a good, happy day to be a Mariner fan. Finally, after so many miserable seasons and mistakes, I have found some joy in this team.

  16. gwangung on February 19th, 2009 7:36 am

    gwangung: Nobody’s ready to DH? LOL! You’re really going to try to argue that?

    Um, yeah.

    Your turn. You made the claim. Y’all better support it….

  17. PaulMolitorCocktail on February 19th, 2009 7:42 am

    Sounds like promotions time to me!


    Griffey the breakfast cereal! Griffey the flamethrower!

  18. JerBear on February 19th, 2009 8:35 am

    FWIW, from the Mariner’s press release

    “This is the one player, at the end of the day, that we thought we needed to bring home,” Zduriencik said. “Chuck’s relationship with Ken was fantastic, but at no time were we pressured by either Chuck or Howard [CEO Howard Lincoln] to do this.”

  19. huckleB on February 19th, 2009 10:20 pm

    gwangung: Uh, hello? I made the claim? Try again. Look at Griffey’s numbers against what the M’s could put at DH. Sorry, but you made a claim, and you’ve shown no evidence. Turning it around, doesn’t wash.

  20. huckleB on February 20th, 2009 6:43 am

    Looks like Zduriencik has been assimilated. That’s not good news.

  21. huckleB on February 20th, 2009 8:22 am


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